Our curriculum intent for Science
At Offham Primary School we provide a high-quality science education that gives the children the foundations to enable them to make sense of and understand the world around them. Science changes the world that we live in and is vital to the worlds future. Through building on their knowledge, using a rich curriculum, our pupils will begin to explain and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. We aim to teach children at Offham all the vital aspects of knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science through practical investigative lessons.
Teaching and learning in Science (implementation)
Offham School implement their curriculum by teachers creating a positive attitude to science learning within the classroom and outside setting. There is always a high expectation of all children achieving their potential.
Science is taught in planned and arranged topic blocks over a period of a week where a minimum of 10 hours of science will be taught to both KS1 and KS2. Through this planning, we include problem solving and questioning opportunities. Children will be given the opportunity to use their developing scientific skills to research and discover answer and develop further questions. Curiosity will be celebrated within the classroom and across the school. Planning will involve engaging and exciting lessons involving high quality resources to support our children’s learning. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning workshops with local experts. To support children’s learning children will have the opportunity to learn and be taught in both mixed-ability pairs/group work as well as making individual choices and opportunities to test their ideas with real materials etc. Children will receive support through differentiated scaffolding and quality first teaching.
Where possible children will be given extra-curricular opportunities for activities such as: visits, trips, visitors that link to and broaden the engaging curriculum.
At Offham School we hold science week which allows all pupils to come off timetable and dive into a scientific problem. Whenever possible children will take their learning outside and make links to the world around them.
Science week at Offham
At Offham we aim that, by the time they leave our school, our children will have a strong foundation and confidence into scientific enquiry and understanding.
This will be evident through;
How can I support my child in science?
1. Be interested
Find out their termly topics (This information should be available on the school’s website) and take an interest — find relevant books in the library or bookshop, do some research, brush up your own knowledge about the topic! Then you can have interesting conversations where you are both learning at the same time.
2. Take a trip
Why not take a trip to a science museum, a zoo or an aquarium? These don’t necessarily need to be completely related to what they are learning about at school. Any visit can help their curiosity and engagement with science generally.
3. Make it personal
Find out about famous scientists and research unique and exciting inventions up to and including the present day. Who knows, you may have the next Stephen Hawking or Marie Curie at home!
4. Get hands-on
Look up fun, practical science experiments you can do at home with everyday objects.
Anything where they can be hands-on and see the science happen in front of their eyes is guaranteed to be get them interested.
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